Curriculum and Instruction
Instructional objectives for each grade level include lessons in literacy appreciation and information retrieval. Our library has an “Open Door” policy, which means that although the Hal Smith students come to the library with their class once a week for instruction, they are also welcome in the library whenever they have a need to utilize the resources we have available. During the school day students can use the library at any time by obtaining a pass from their teacher. Our goal is to promote lifelong learning and literacy.
Library Catalog and Online Research Database
Students must have parental permission in order to utilize online library resources including access to the catalog. Please download and print the Acceptable Use Policy form and send a completed copy to school with your child if you haven’t filled one out already.
Special School Events
Nevada Reading Week – Students statewide have the opportunity to participate in events that promote literacy during this annual event. Information will be sent home to notify families of the special events taking place at Hal Smith.
Bristlecone Storytelling Festival – Fourth and Fifth graders are invited to participate n the annual storytelling festival. Two stories are selected to represent each classroom. From these semi-finalists two stories will be selected to represent Hal Smith at the district wide storytelling festival. Students are encouraged to participate in lessons that teach storytelling skills. Participation in the storytelling selection process is optional.
Parent Volunteers– If you are interested in being a library volunteer, please contact the school. You will have the opportunity to help our students in a variety of important ways including: assisting students, shelving books, helping with book fairs, labeling books, and promoting a love for literature and lifelong learning with our children.
Nevada Young Reader’s Award (NYRA)-Gives students the opportunity to vote for their favorite books. To be eligible, at least half of the books in each category must be read. Students can read by themselves or have somebody read to them. The students have been provided with a list of this year’s approved titles. All voting will take place in May during library class time.